Announcing the First Ever TLN Draft Party

Jeff Veillette
June 14 2016 04:33PM

Auston Matthews not guaranteed; still a remote chance that John Chayka attempts a kidnapping.

We had so fun at our last party, that we've decided to throw one again! With the picks set in stone as book-enders (1st and 30th), it's our pleasure to announce that The Leafs Nation will be hosting our first-ever Draft Night party! Here's what you need to know.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: June 13th

Jeff Veillette
June 13 2016 10:05PM


This mailbag is a bit on the later side, but that's because another sport has put me in complete and total disbelief for the past seven hours. Seriously, I had zero confidence in the Italians to do anything today, even as a devoted and biased fan of the Azzurri, but to beat Belgium by TWO?! What a time to be alive? The cross on the Pelle goal, in particular, was a work of art.

But that has nothing to do with the Leafs. These mailbag questions, on the other hand...

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Kessel's victory a moment of celebration, not regret

Jeff Veillette
June 12 2016 09:01PM


After months and months of gruelling hockey, the NHL season is finally over, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been named Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in the cap era. Somewhere, Brian Burke is screaming about team development models and threatening to rent out a barn. But speaking of Burke, there's a certain winger on this Penguins roster hoisting the silver mug for the first time.

Yes, we're talking about Phil.

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The Smartest Goaltending Acquisition? Nobody.

Jeff Veillette
June 11 2016 02:37PM


Of all the positions that people are interested in the Leafs improving, goaltending seems to be the highest priority of the bunch. After all, Jonathan Bernier is coming off of the worst season of his career, and while Garret Sparks had a highly memorable first game with the team, he wasn't exactly an all-star as the year progressed. There's isn't a ton in the pipeline either, with Antoine Bibeau riding the AHL average all year, Kasimir Kaskisuo being a question mark, and the remainder of the prospect pool consisting of, well, nothing.

But speaking purely about next year, I don't see any reason for the Leafs to sprint to get a goaltender.

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Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Auston Matthews

Jeff Veillette
June 10 2016 05:38PM

It's been nearly a month and a half until the draft lottery and we're two Fridays away from the Toronto Maple Leafs stepping up to the podium. Since then, rather than be happy with the fact that the Leafs were blessed via lottery ball into acquiring one of the best draft-eligible prospects of this generation, fans and media have done everything in their power to talk about alternatives. Look at the latest trade rumour, from Boston writer Jimmy Murphy, for example:

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